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Maria Guadalupe Moog Rodrigues, Global Evnironmentalism and Local Politics: Transnational Advocacy Networks in Brazil, Ecuador, and India.

Maria Guadalupe Guadalupe, city, Mexico
Guadalupe (gwäthäl`pā), city (1990 pop. 535,332), Nuevo León state, NE Mexico, on the Santa Catalina River.
 Moog Moog

Music trademark a type of synthesizer [after Robert Moog, engineer]
 Rodrigues Rodrigues may refer to:
  • Rodrigues (island), one of the Mascarene Islands, in the Indian Ocean
  • Rodrigues College, a secondary school on Rodrigues Island
  • Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues College of Engineering, an engineering institute in Mumbai, India
, Global Evnironmentalism and Local Politics: Transnational Advocacy Networks in Brazil Brazil (brəzĭl`), Port. Brasil, officially Federative Republic of Brazil, republic (2005 est. pop. 186,113,000), 3,286,470 sq mi (8,511,965 sq km), E South America. , Ecuador, and India. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press The State University of New York Press (or SUNY Press), founded in 1966, is a university press that is part of State University of New York system. External link
  • State University of New York Press
, 2003. $57.50 hardcover, $18.95 papercover.

The role of national and transnational organizations in affecting change at the local level has been discussed widely in the development literature. Transnational non-governmental organizations “NGO” redirects here. For other uses, see NGO (disambiguation).

A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a legally constituted organization created by private persons or organizations with no participation or representation of any government.
 have the technical, legal, political and monetary resources to focus on issues that local networks do not possess. These resources can be used to apply external pressure in the form of reduced funding from international sources, political pressure from other countries, and swings in national and international popular opinion.

Global Environmentalism environmentalism, movement to protect the quality and continuity of life through conservation of natural resources, prevention of pollution, and control of land use.  and Local Politics examines the interplay in·ter·play  
Reciprocal action and reaction; interaction.

intr.v. in·ter·played, in·ter·play·ing, in·ter·plays
To act or react on each other; interact.
 between local, national, and transnational organizations in three different countries. The author is not only interested in describing the process and results of these networks, but also examining the balance of power between local, national, and transnational players. One of the authors' primary arguments is that "ellipsisthe effectiveness of a transnational environmental advocacy network depends, primarily, on the role that local member organizations play in determining the network's goals and strategies." To examine this argument the author asks several key questions: first, who participates in advocacy networks and how do they participate; second, what strategies are available and used by transnational groups and are they successful and third, what are the results of the transnational advocacy?

The book consists of eight chapters, four of which focus on the examination of the Rondonia network in Brazil. The examination of transnational networks in Ecuador (an anti-oil network) and India (the Narmada network) consist of one chapter each. The first chapter introduces the concept of transnational networks and concisely con·cise  
Expressing much in few words; clear and succinct.

[Latin conc
 describes the goal of the book, the key questions employed, and the methods used. Chapters two through five examine various aspects of the Rondonia network in Brazil: the history of the network; its successes and failures; and the consequences transnational organizations have on local politics. The writing, particularly in these chapters, is thorough, yet dense. There are numerous abbreviations and acronyms that make it difficult to maintain the flow of the discussion. The text does include four pages at the front of the book describing the acronyms and abbreviations but the reader has to refer to these again and again. Additionally, a time line of significant events would have been helpful in summarizing the examination of the Rondonia network and focusing the discussion. Chapters six and seven discuss the history, main actors, and effectiveness of transnational networks in Ecuador and India respectively.

The two chapters on Ecuador and India are really used to provide comparisons to the discussion of the Rondonia network, and as such the level of analysis is not detailed. These chapters are, however, thorough and offer insightful analyses of the successes and failures of the transnational networks in both countries. Readers interested in the political interplay and power sharing between local, national, and transnational groups in the environmental field will find this book useful for its analysis and description of the issues.

Terry V. Shaw, University of California The University of California has a combined student body of more than 191,000 students, over 1,340,000 living alumni, and a combined systemwide and campus endowment of just over $7.3 billion (8th largest in the United States).  Berkeley
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Author:Shaw, Terry V.
Publication:Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 1, 2005
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